Upstate News

September 16, 2004
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

SUNY Upstate faculty and staff win honors

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — SUNY Upstate Medical University announces the following achievements and recognitions: (Hometowns are in parentheses)

? Nine members of SUNY Upstate’s Central New York Regional Poison Center have received certification as specialists in poison information (SPI) from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Registered nurse Don Groff (Auburn) the poison center’s weapons of mass destruction/emergency coordinator and a major in the Air National Guard, scored 100. The highest national score was 106. Also receiving certification were registered nurses Michele Dougherty (Skaneateles), Mary Claps (Camillus), Chris Hueber (Syracuse), Maggie Purcell (Skaneateles), Laurie McGraw (Syracuse), Laurie Piwinski (Syracuse), Margo Spain (Marcellus) and Joe Tschopp (Liverpool). The Central New York Regional Poison Center is distinguished as one of a few such centers in the nation with a high percentage of certified specialists responding to calls and a high retention rate of all staff.

? Robert W. Daly, M.D., (DeWitt) professor of psychiatry and bioethics and humanities, received the Persistent Excellence in Teaching Award from SUNY Upstate’s Department of Psychiatry at the department’s graduation ceremonies June 17.

? David F. Lehmann, M.D., Pharm.D., (Syracuse) has been appointed to the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology (ABCP) for a six-year term. The ABCP is the sole organization responsible for certifying through examination, physicians, basic scientists and clinical pharmacists, in clinical and applied pharmacology in the United States. The ABCP is also responsible for the certification of all training programs in clinical pharmacology nationally. Lehmann is vice chair of the Department of Medicine, chief of general internal medicine and chief of clinical pharmacology.

? Five SUNY Upstate employees were among 60 individuals nationally to participate in a program to train health care leaders and managers in planning for and responding to mass casualty and weapons of mass destruction incidents. The program, presented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was held in May at the Noble Training Center in Anniston, Ala. Representing SUNY Upstate were Christopher Fullager, M.D., (Camillus), Rob Andrus (Chittenango), Tammy Sunderlin (Cicero), Joe Zelenyak, (Cicero) and Anne Ryan (Cazenovia).

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